Gov't Lawyer Charged with Hate Crimes re Claimed Anonymous Calls to Neighbors
A lawyer who has worked as an associate attorney for New York state government since 1993 and reportedly may have previously worked for a police department has been criminally charged with allegedly making racist, threatening calls to his neighbors in Albany.
James Hennessey Jr., a 58-year-old civil service department employee, is accused of threatening to kill a black woman and to kidnap a “little black boy,” the Times Union reports.
He allegedly tried to disguise his identity by using www.bluffmycall.com, but was traced through phone records obtained from a wireless provider and a cable company. He was charged with two counts of second-degree felony harassment.
As of Friday, there was no change in status for Hennessey with the agency, the newspaper says, also reporting that Hennessey makes a little over $104,000 a year there.
He posted $15,000 bond in the Albany City Court case and declined to comment when approached by a Times Union reporter.